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and abc's alex marquardt leads us off from egypt. >> reporter: this amateur video shows the moment the vacation of a lifetime turned into tragedy. a sunrise balloon ride suddenly enveloped in black smoke. you can see it billowing from the basket. then the balloon begins to collapse. deflated, it now plummets 1,000 feet down to the earth. photographer christopher michel watched it all unfold from another balloon. >> we heard a loud explosion and then a lot of smoke right behind us. and, you know, our first feeling was, it could. be a balloon, but it turned out actually to be, unfortunately, this tragic accident. >> reporter: we now know that at 7:00 a.m., the balloon was coming in for a landing in a sugar cane field. that's when one of its cables got caught on a helium canister and started a fire. a pilot and two others jumped from 40 feet up as the balloon then shot back into the sky, exploding into flames before crashing down. 19 lives were lost, including one of those who jumped. they were from hong kong, japan and across europe. it's a marvel to float in a balloon over luxor, fl
or towed. they will be here for a while. avoid this area. the cable cars will not be in used by you will be bused around the area. >> happening right now dozens of energy customers in san rafael are without electricity after a power outage. 20,000 people lost power after 6:00 p.m. when a car crashed into a power pole and sever a main line. the remaining 66 customers will have their power restored by 7:30 this morning. >> crash in sonoma killed a woman who was walking around looking for her dog. according to the santa rosa press democrat she was hit on west avenue in rosewood neighborhood at 8:00. after she was hit the first time a second driver hit her. both are cooperating the witnesses say the cars seemed to have been driving normally and did not have enough time to stop. >> in hayward, game over to gamble online for cash with a unanimous vote in favor of an emergency 45-day moratorium on any new cafes in the city that sell internet time and offer access to games with cash prizes. right now the city has two of the cafes and the moratorium blocks any new cafes until officials can c
the name he used when he died in 2008. detectives want people to see if they remember him 29 years ago. jackson had a history of child molestation including the sexual assault of two kids in canada. he got out of prison in 1984th same year that kevin collins was abducted using the name dan therrien. he lived a block away from where cribs disappear-- from where he disappeared. >> they are doing everything they can. we had our office right next door to where this guy was. we were there for six months. he was living there probably laughing at us. >> authorities dug up the garage of his house and found what appears to be animal bones that are now being analyzed. >> developing news, san jose police are searching for a suspect would escaped from instead by stealing a police van while handcuffed. authorities say the 32-year-old sanchez was arrested on drug-related warrants yesterday. he was uncomfortable when they put him in handcuffs because of his large 5' 8" 275-pound frame so officers did a favor by linking him to two sets of handcuffs. he stretched his arms and slip the legs through
cornell bernard tells us from san jose as the mayor is ready for the state of the city address. cornell? >> normally it is a word no one wants to hear but the mayor will make it a big part of the state of the city address. the word is "taxes." the mayor says the city needs a sales tax increase and will call on community leaders to organize a campaign to support police and fire services and restore pay for workers who had to take cuts to balance the budget. a poll suggests that voters could be willing to do that. there is 70 percent support if a quarter percent sales increase but 57 percent for half a percent increase. the earliest it would be on the battle is next year, the 5th sales tax measure voters have approved since the mayor took office in 2007. the state of the city address is underway at 6:30 right here at city hall. >> fairfield police are asking for your help in finding the killer of a 13-year-old girl. the guardian for the 13-year-old reported her missing last thursday evening. her body was found friday m
robin roberts. she will be here in just a few days rejoining us here at "gma." >> that is great and also i was very impressed he was willing to admit his favorite tv show. >>> also the story of a heart transplant with a surprise romantic twist. we've been talking about this story behind the scenes for 24 hours now. we cannot wait to show it to you coming up but let's start this morning with the triple threat in the weather department, the map tells the whole story. we've got a storm heading to new england, another one coming out west and cold snap down south. ginger zee, our in-house action figure covering it all. >> i would really like ab action figure doll. can you find that? we want to start in detroit. on i-75 all parts of southeast manager package were a mess. lake-effect and some enhanced snow from a little upper air disturbance the either way look what happened. this happened in tloed dough, parts of pennsylvania too so it was not just in michigan but disasterous for the roads, charlotte, north carolina, fast's right, charlotte had three inches of snow. so it was a mess on their r
with a one on one interview with the president, asking the president question that are important to us here in the bay area. the live reports are coming up. >> regulatefjk say a san francisco lab where an employee kied of meningitis did not do enough to protect workers. he died last company. the -- april. the feds found three serious violations. he was not working in a safety enclo shurks ploimys were not trained to spot symptoms and the lab did not provide vaccine to workers exposed to the bacteria. regulators ordered the lab to comply with safety guidelines they cannot fine fat sill ti. >> a petaluma high school is warning it's student body of possible expo sthour a highly contagious bacteria. >> abc 7 news has more now. >> this is time to be honest with me. you know? did you do anything? >> there has been honest discussion was kids after hearing that a class mate was diagnosed.  do drugs but i'm like did you share a cigarette? a joint? beer? something? anything you won't want to tell me but you need to tell me, now, no, mom. >> her son kobt remember whether he'd taken a sip from a sod
on the story for us. >> reporter: stoic, oscar pistorius back in court today, as prosecutors argued he was too much a flight risk to grant bail, showing blueprints and explaining what happened the night he shot his girlfriend, model reeva steenkamp. pistorius had said they were both sleeping when he woke, heard a noise, grabbed his gun from under the bed and rushed into the bathroom. but prosecutors say pistorius would have had to cross the bed to get to the bathroom and should have noticed steenkamp was not in it. and they say this is key -- they intend to use ballistics to show he was already wearing his prosthetic legs when firing his gun -- hoping to disprove his testimony that he woke in the middle of the night and rushed to confront an intruder without taking the time to put on his prosthetics. >> here, the prosecution has a very critical piece of evidence that could determine whether his story was accurate or not. >> reporter: but in a series of missteps, prosecutors revealed the witness who claimed to hear yelling was up to six football fields away, and backtracked from claims they fou
that door, a pope chosen in the mysterious ritual known as the conclave. abc's david wright tells us about the ancient vote to come. >> reporter: before the cardinals file into the sistine chapel and lock the doors behind them, technicians will have pulled up the floorboards to install cell phone jamming devices. violating the secrecy is punishable by excommunication. >> it's a way of ensuring that the voice that's speaking to the cardinals during the conclave belongs to the holy spirit and to no one else. >> reporter: no one knows how long it will take. the shortest conclave lasted just a few hours. the longest? nearly three years. in fact, that's why they started locking the doors. in the middle ages, during the plague years, a conclave meeting in the town of viterbo took so long, frustrated villagers eventually locked the cardinals in to hurry them up. it didn't work, so they tried to starve them out. that didn't work. so, they exposed them to the elements, tearing the roof off the building to let the holy spirit in. not going to happen in the sistine chapel, where the ceiling is michel
identified at wayne jackson but he used a number of fake names including dan therrien the name he was using when he died in 1988. jackson had a history of child molestation including the sexual assault of two kids in canada. he got out of prison in 1984, the same year that kevin collins was abducted at age ten. he lived a block away from where collins disappeared. >> the individual with five names that now we know had a history of molesting young boys, he should haven a much stronger suspect. authorities dug up the garage on masonic and found what appears to be animal bones that are tested in analyzed. >> fairfield police are asking for your help in the killer of a 13-year-old, the guardian also reported her missing last thursday evening. the girl's naked body was found friday morning at the park. investigators say an autopsy confirmed she was killed. they will not say how. police are also not releasing any information of possible suspects or suspicious vehicles. a surveillance video shows her alive on thursday afternoon near railroad avenue four miles from where she was found dead. police
and scanning the forest all around us. because again, that was one of the reason yz the highway up here werez[m[,j-Ñ they just did not know for sure that christopher dorner was still in that cabin. something else that one source has been speculating is recall he has scuba gear. if used properly can help protect someone from smoke inhalation. can't do anything as far as heat but can protect the suspect if still alive inside of the house from smoke intall halation. we're going to set the scene here as to what led up before this this, afternoon. u.s. marshals going to be clearing a cabin here. they cleared the scene and all vehicles left code three, lights and sirens. this is around 12:15, 12:20. as we were headed to thate w location, glass road and highway 38 were the stolen vehicled
is in pretoria, south africa, for us. >> reporter: good morning, amy. this is the first time we're hearing oscar pistorius's version of what happened. he and steenkamp were in love. she brought him a valentine's gift the day she died. police will present a different story. the 26-year-old double-amputee nicknamed the blade runner, wept, head in hands, as the prosecutor said he shot and killed an innocent, unarmed woman. the state outlined its case against pistorius. they believe he got out of bed, put on his prosthetic legs and walked 21 feet to a locked bathroom door. inside that bathroom, 29-year-old cover model reeva steenkamp was shot three times. prosecutor harry nell, quote, she locked the door for a purpose. we will get to that purpose. but pistorius flatdy le anied he intended to kill the model. his defense lawyer quoting -- how could i be charged with murder, let alone premet tated. i had no intention to kill my girlfriend. he said he thought a burglar was inside the bathroom, grabbed his gun for protection and moved to the bathroom without his prosthetic legs and shot through the door.
enough to be mounted on top of a long-range missile that is capable of reaching the u.s. it comes two weeks after they conducted a missile test in direct defiance of u.n. security council resolutions. >> the u.n. security council is holding an emergency meeting to address the issue. even china, north korea's long-time ally, has expressed firm opposition to the nuclear tests. we'll have more on this breaking story later on on "gma." >>> we turn to a change of the top of the catholic church. pope benedict made the bombshell announcement he is stepping down. >> at age 85, the pope says he cannot keep up with the job. nick schifrin joins us from rome with more. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. pope benedict is a shy leader. but he's unpredictable, unprecedented. and it might just guarantee his legacy. at 85, he is silver-haired and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict xvi tells his cardinals in latin, quote, i had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. in the last year, benedict grew in
cease-fire -- everify system. the republicans say the president's bill would be dead on arrival, leaving us with a broken immigration system. on the sunday talk shows other republicans added their own criticism. >> by givinged advantage to thoe who cut in front of line for immigrants who came here legally, not dealing with border security adequately, that tells us he is looking for a partisan advantage. >> does the president want a result or want another way to boat up republicans. >> we the white house says it supports the current bipartisan effort on immigration reform. >> hope democrats and republicans don't get in the typical back and forth side show and instead get to work. >> president obama warned lawmakers if they could not agree they would hear from him. >> if congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, i will send up a bill based on my proposal. >> a bipartisan group of senators, known as the gang of eight, hopes to present new legislation sometime in march. abc7 news, washington. >> ama: pope benedict blessed a huge crowd from his window. more than 100,000 people crow
right now to keep progress going and strengthen the middle class, but it does require us to put the country ahead of politics. >> abc7 news anchor an ashley at the white house with his exclusive one on one interview with president obama. good evening, everybody. i'm larry beil. >> i'm carolyn johnson. the president addressed a wide range of issues from the budget stalemate in the capital to job creation throughout america. >> mr. obama also addressed a hot button topic in california. that is proposition 8, a ban on same same-sex marriage. >> here is dan ashley president aring from washington, d.c. >> carolyn and larry, good evening from washington. it has been an interesting and informative day here at the white house. we have been here all day long and met a number of cabinet secretaries and i had the opportunity to speak one on one with president obama. >> in your state of the union, mr. president, you praised our troops and said they exceeded expectations while some of our institutions let them down. which institutions were you referring to? congress one of them? >> all o to
one of them? >> all of us have to take responsibility about thinking about the same patriotism, due tee, responsibility we see on display in our military. >> the president of late is clearly frustrated with the stalemate in congress over the so-called saw -- sequester. spending cuts that will kick in without a budget agreement. they run able to agree on taxes and spending. for many americans, same old, same old. >> mr. president when you arrived in washington four years ago, you had hoped to bridge the partisan divide. that hasn't happened. why? >> there was a decision made by the republican party that their best political strategy would be to block what we were trying to do. >> but finger-pointing, presidential or otherwise was not all that happened on our visit to the white house. i was shown much of this remarkable and uniquely american place. i met elly schaefer who was a special assistant to the president responsible for special special events here. >> it must be a heavy thing to walk through the whoit house and serve the president like this. >> it is a once in a lifetime oppor
celebrations after the giants' world series win. our reporter is joining us live from the mission district which saw a lot of vandalism back in october and some merchants are understandably nervous. >> reporter: they are nervous understandably. a lot of them suffered devastating destruction during the world series celebration. to that and city leaders promise their response will be different. they promise it will be faster and twice as many police on the streets as there were after the world series. checkpoints will be in place today and tomorrow. part of the strategy will be to get all the garbage cans off the streets. you may recall those cans were set on fire during the chaos after the giants won the world series. muni will run diesel buses that can be quickly rerouted to avoid trouble. they are taking different approaches. one hired a security guard to watch their restaurant. employees will stay behind after closing their shob to ensure the store's safety. >> the door is closed for the game but we'll stick around until the game is over. we want to ensure the windows are being tagged an
jonathan karl tells us about the news today. >> reporter: by one count, president obama has already used unmanned cia drones to strike more than 300 suspected terrorist targets, even more than his predecessor. but today, we learned just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill, without trial or evidence, suspected terrorists, even american citizens. a newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed, if, "an informed, high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat." but the document says it "does not require the government to have clear evidence." case in point, anwar al awlaki, an american citizen and top al qaeda leader, linked to several terrorist attacks. he was killed in a 2011 drone strike. human rights advocates say the justice department memo goes way too far. and -- >> justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: as soon as he became president, barack obama stopped cia tactics like waterboarding that he considered torture. but this j
to you. >> grou you mentioned ray lahood to talk to cabinet members about issues that affect us here in the bay in÷ how did that go? >> it went well. i had the chance to meet with arnie duncanful we talked about issues affecting young people that we have a diverse population, many lang wajz spoken in our schools. we talked about gun controls and a chance to meet with administrator of the small business administration and talked about job creation and what can be done. she was in walnut creek so we had an opportunity to do that as well well. have great conversations today z i'll share them with you as the evening progress autos dan, we'll see/xh%v you later on in e newscast. you can see the interview conducted with the president today just go to our web site abc 7 news com. >> some well known high tech billionaires handed out $3 million to 11 winners of the new life sciences break through prize this morning at mission bay campus. abc 7 news joins us how with a presentation and one of those 11 winners. >> facebook mark zuckerberg, 2k, a russian entrepreneur, these are the big names b
, they will use it, and be better for it. we will ask them all about that later this morning. >> oakland police are looking into a deadly crash involving a stolen car, all caught on camera, including the man who somehow escaped with his life. a man was standing on the corner of foothill boulevard and 36th avenue and the driver of the stolen jeep smashed into another car at the intersection where he was standing. the driver of the jeep died. the driver of the honda suffered minor injuries and somehow the man who was standing on the street managed to its scrape without getting hurt. the jeep was stolen minutes earlier. >> a woman and two children are expected to survive after being hit by a car in pittsburg last night. police have not said what led to the crash or if the driver was arrested. one of the children was airlifted to the hospital. police have not released the victim names or conditions. >> study ranges traffic in the bay area among the worst in the nation. the report from texas texas a&m shows san francisco is tied with los angeles but washington, dc is at the top the list. cornell ber
.93. >> talking about gas and gegt around town as you look live at 880 interchange there in $clpmany of us spent time, too much time, stuck in the car in traffic. now, a study pin points our frustration autos it shows traffic just as bad as that in los angeles there. is only one other city where drivers have it worse than we do. >> yes. cornell bernard hashs@u story. >> we do have the worst commute, yes. >> mike knows it. bay area traffic can be brutal. even on a motorcycle. >> we went to new york to mabt manhattan. it's easier to drive in manhattan than in berkeley. >> a study confirms bay area drivers spend way too much times in cars commuting through epic traffic. >> you just have to take it into account anymore. when you're commuting you have to check traffic. >> after washington, d.c., bay area is now tied for second with l.a.. the worse commute in the nation that. means a lot of time sitting in traffic, last year alone, 61 hours were spent behind the wheel costing drivers more than 1200s ndz wasted time and gas. jamie wishes she can be productive when she's stuck in traffic. >> yes. just s
. joining us now to talk about this is the new white house chief of staff, denis mcdonough. thank you for joining us. >> thanks for having me, jon. >> now, this hit with a thud as far as marco rubio is concerned. he said late last night in a statement, quote, this legislation is half baked and seriously flawed. it would actually make our immigration problems worse. if actually proposed, the president's bill would be dead on arrival in congress leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come." let's be honest. there is no passing an immigration bill without marco rubio. how could the white house be working on a draft without republican input? >> jon, you know, the president has always approached this question of immigration reform from four principles. one, let's make sure that the border is secure. two, let's make sure that we enforce on businesses who are gaming the system, enforce their requirements to live up to the law. three, make sure that we are reforming legal immigration so that we can use it to make sure that those who have come here
secrets from u.s. companies and hacking into government sites. >> this is an espionage operation run by the chinese people's liberation army and it's targeting a broad swath of western organizations. >> reporter: among the most troubling targets, american infrastructure sites, including water treatment plants, transportation control centers, pipelines and power grids. >> the only reason you would want to get into the control system for the power grid is to cause damage, destruction and disruption. >> reporter: among the many corporate targets of the chinese hackers, according to u.s. officials, lockheed martin, the country's largest defense contractor and the maker of the f-35 jet fighter. u.s. officials say, not surprisingly, the chinese version of the plane has some distinct similarities. >> it's costing, according to u.s. intelligence, hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of u.s. jobs every year. >> reporter: the white house today confirmed the severity, although not the details, of the chinese cyber espionage. >> we have repeatedly raised our concerns at the highest leve
a few days rejoining us here at "gma." >> that is great, and also i was very impressed that he was willing to admit his favorite tv show. we'll tell you in a couple minutes. >>> also, the story of a heart transplant with a surprise romantic twist. we've been talking about this story behind the scenes for 24 hours now. we cannot wait to show it to you coming up, but let's start this morning with the triple threat in the weather department. the map tells the whole story. we've got a storm heading to new england this morning. another one coming out west and a cold snap down south. ginger zee, our in-house action figure, covering it all. ginger, take it away. >> i would really like an action figure doll actually. can you work on that? while i do the weather? we want to start in detroit. because on i-75, all parts of southeast michigan were a mess yesterday. they had some lake effect, some enhanced snow from a little upper air disturbance. either way, look what happened. this happened in toledo, parts of pennsylvania too, so it was not just in michigan but disastrous for the roads.
every step of the way. >> you've been an inspiration to all of us. and we couldn't be happier that you're back here, doing what you do best. >> and personally, i'm looking forward to our interview together in a couple of days. >> robin, it's great to see you back in that chair. and we're all excited to start our morning with you once again. ♪ i'm on top of the world >> that is so incredibly special. i do have little bangs right here. the hair's growing in a little more. that's very special for them to do that. and i am looking forward to sitting down with mrs. obama. >> it's going to be great. >> grab your coffee, america. settle in, because this feels right. >> for the first time, i'm speechless. i love you. >> that's really saying something. >>> josh, we have the scary explosion in kansas city. >> we do have breaking news to get to. but today, it follows the best news of all. we love you. welcome back. we're going to turn, now, to kansas city and that massive explosion you saw at the top of the show. it leveled part of a shopping complex in kansas city. police, right now, are searc
seen. vic lee has team coverage for us tonight. explain what you've been learning. >> well, dan, police removed the crime scene tape from this house, take a look. it's the second house across the stree. a neighbor said he'd moved here just last year, people we spoke with sate murder of the 13-year-old girl hit the community hard. >> we go to bed and wake up in the morning first thing we think about is that little girl that they found. >> a sense of relief police now have the murder suspect. anthony lamar jones is 32 years old arrested this morning at his mother's apartment in this residential complex. neighbor tells us an officer knocked on her door he asked me questions and showed me pictures of a man that they thought was the perpetrator. showed me pictures of the girl z asked if i had been to crown barber. >> crown barber turned out to be a hair styling shop jones reportedly started here at this shopping mall last year. police also appeared here this morning during the operation. they took evidence from the shop and boarded up the windows and door. this contractor was shocked to lear
to that region. >>> but first, let's get to that blast at the u.s. embassy in ankara. let's start with pierre. one of the most heavily fortified embassies in the middle east. it happened in the middle of the day. >> reporter: the situation is veried fluid. we're trying to get more details. a blast at the gate to the u.s. embassy. the state department is calling this a terrorist attack. the associated press is reporting that the u.s. ambassador has told reporters there that a guard at the gate was killed. at least one turkish citizen has wounded. they're calling it a suicide bombing. rescue personnel are at the scene. u.s. officials here in washington are pressing to get more information. pierre homegrown islamic terrorists have exploded bombs in istanbul before. any claims of responsibility on this attack? >> reporter: no details on who might have done this. intelligence officials are trying to get to the bottom of this. >>> let's bring in jon karl with the white house reaction to the embassy explosion. jon, in the wake of the benghazi, libya, attack, lot of focus on security. >> reporter: no
's talking about threatening to kill us all or something. >> it all happened when dykes stormed on to this school bus and kidnapped the child. >> i just want two kids. >> 14-year-old and her 12-year-old brother were all on that bus. they said that dykes got on and gave the driver what appeared to be a gift of broccoli and a note and demanded two children. >> the bus driver kept saying, please get off the bus. so, he just tried to back up and he pulled out the gun and he just shot him. and he just took ethan. >> when all of this started, what were you thinking? >> i was shocked. like, i never thought that i would have to go through a shootout. >> reporter: they were able to escape. as dykes ran off carrying little ethan. that's when their mother got the call about the shooting. >> i grabbed all three of them at once. i started crying. >> reporter: the children had seen dykes before. constantly working on his fence. neighbors say that he was a survivalist and had been violent towards local animals in the past. >> he was very protective about his stuff. when he stared at you he loo
dispensaries. abc 7 news mark matthews attend that had special skpegs here now with more for us. >> it's rare. they'd allow cameras in and meet at the university of san francisco law school andj( ÷ ths pits the city against a medical marijuana dispensary. riverside is not alone. 150 local governments banned december pens skpriz medical marijuana users say it's a throat their well being. >> if you can't find a local dispensary in tour town to purchase it, then what are you supposed to do? >> this argument lines up well with the dispensary argument. >> issues before the court is whether municipality may ban what state law has made lawful. >> but the attorney ran ni chorus of question frtz court over a city's right to regulate land use. >> what i need to you respond to this zoning authority question. >> the core of the case is land use regulations. >> legislature knows how towl say0"5o thou shalt not ban december pens riz. they didn't say that. >> that is the opposite of what the legislature was trying to accomplish to make this available. >> but the city of riverside attorney argued it could b
and internet. rethink possible. u.s. postal service announced it will end regular service on saturdays. the cash-strapped usps wanted to eliminate saturday delivery for years. post master general believes the federal government is operating on a temporary spending measure instead of a budget that has been approve bid congress. >> this is just one part of a much larger strategy to return the postal service to long term financial stability. >> people goitsing to impact are lower income who can't afford a fed-ex. >> letter carriers will deliver priority and express mail on saturdays. mail will still go to post office boxes. posts are that are open on saturdays will stay open in august. >>l9z home depot bringing 1500 jobs to the bay area and gearing up for spring.0z6.) this is video provided by home depot. the company announced it will hire 80,000 new workers nationwide. they have about 30 stores around the bay area. some good news today for bay area outdoor enthusists. bass pro shop as announced plans to build a new store in the store is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the third ba
monitoring the conditions so check back with us and we will let you know how it is looking. right now in petaluma a light shower is falling. >> stay with abc7 for continuing storm wax coverage and a reminder you can track the storm online with the live doppler 7 hd with abc7news.com. >> family near danville finds out if they can move back if their home as being crushed by a massive oak tree. the 80' oak fell on the house in an exclusive community crushing the roof. a work crew will bring in a larger crane than they had yesterday to remove the tree. the home was red tagged until engineers can determine the stability. the weather is not blamed for the tree falling because the roots were diseased. >> san francisco mayor lee is going to announce a $1 billion project that has both beer lovers and the san francisco giants saying "cheers." cornell bernard joins us live from bi48 to tell us about it. >> lots of new jobs, too, the project is big. if you like beer brewed in san francisco, check this out, pier 48, sitting right across from at&t park and it will be home to the anchor brewing comp
. that is a way she can make a difference. >> as a growing memorial one woman told us she met detective butler getting help with an assault case. >> taking the time to answer every phone call, every question i had. >> another woman told us she's known the sargeant through her with work on tenant rights he arrested me but was kind. >> on this day after the death of two its own, the small police department is still struggling to come to terms with what happened. >> the department is mourning. the city being protected. the community being protected. by the santa cruz county sheriff's office as well as california patrol. >> just to show how much support there is, this was a vigil supposed to take place at the police department. but there are so many people here, they decided so -- there were so many people at the vigil they decided to move it to a place able to accommodate everyone. reporting live, abc 7 news. >> heart warming to see that. thank you. governor brown ordered a flag to the state capitol flown at half staff. issuing a statement praising braifr rif the sargeant and detective. they were
pain at the pump. amy joins us live with a new price jump that just happened overnight. >> check out pain we found here in south san francisco near the airport. gas is almost $5 a gallon here. ouch. this makes the rest of the bay area look good. look at the averages, per gallon right new you are paying on average in san francisco, the most, at $4.13. over $4 all over the bay. san jose at $4.07 and this is 13 percent increase the past month. we are still below the state acknowledge but we are above the national average of $3.61. drivers say they will adjust. >> i will not drive so much and are more conservative. use the bicycle more. this is the highest for this time year and because of a number of factors including the recession in europe has traders very worried so futures are up, there is maintenance going on, unexpected maintenance, and we have to switch from the gas we use in the winter to a summer grade which costs money. if you are planning to drive for spring break if you can work from home if you and because these prices are painful. >> thank you very much. san jose police ar
is going too far. published reports say that the base in saudi arabia has been used to launch drone strikes against targets in yemen, including the one that killed american citizen and suspected terrorist, anwar al awlaki. a leaked memo from the obama administration claims u.s. citizens accused of being al qaeda operatives may lawfully be killed, even if there's no evidence of an imminent threat. meanwhile, john brennan, the president's nominee for cia director, will face tough questions about that memo in his confirmation hearing tomorrow. >>> and computer hackers have struck the federal reserve. the hacker group, anonymous, claims to have stolen data belongs to some 4,000 bankers. the fed spokeswoman tells "the wall street journal," no critical operations have been affected. >>> and it's being called the largest credit card fraud in history. authorities arrested 18 people based in new jersey, accused of stealing some $200 million after creating thousands of fake i.d.s, with stolen social security numbers. using those fake i.d.s to obtain cards, the suspects allegedly wired money to seven
dorner. abc's cecilia vega has been covering the story all night. and joins us now this morning with the very latest. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning. -pt dorner lasted ten, long days. the heart of that search and now likely its finale, happening right here in this ski resort town outside of los angeles. sources tell abc news, a charred body was found in a burned-down house where a shoot-out yesterday took place with police. now, authorities are looking to forensic evidence to confirm that body belongs to christopher dorner. after an all-day shoot-out filled with drama -- the week-long international manhunt for christopher dorner ended overnight in a blazing inferno and a hail of gunfire. [ gunfire ] with local news stations broadcasting live -- >> what you are hearing is the scene unfolding live. >> reporter: sources tell abc news, it all started shortly after noon, when a maid called 911, saying she and another worker had been tied up and held hostage by dorner in a resort cabin. remarkably, just a few yards from where police had
that merger, american airlines and u.s. airways announces a massive merger to become the world's biggest airline. it will affect everyone who flies. >>> and we're going to have the latest on the bumpy ride for chuck hagel on capitol hill, as key senators delay the confirmation vote on his nomination of defense secretary. there's been some very heated hears on whether or not to approve him. >>> and jenny mccarthy now defending her cousin, comic melissa mccarthy, and the critic who savaged melissa on his review of "identity thief," speaks out. >> coming down on the worst kind of commentary. >> that's coming up. >>> let's get to that breaking news out of south africa. the double-amputee sprinter, oscar pistorius, who captured so many hearts at the london olympics has been charged with murdering his model girlfriend. she was shot four times with his gun in his home. and abc's lama hasan has the latest. good morning, lama. >> good morning to you, george. sporting legend oscar pistorius is making headlines for a very different reason this morning. he's been officially charged with the murder o
to find out what is in store. >> larry: for the rest of us had to deal with snow and the first in the bay area for 11 days even longer than that. an anonymous viewer in hayward during a downpour there. ureport page, send pictures there. spencer christian with a look and tornado sighting? >> that is correct. here is a live doppler. most of the bay area is drying out now. most of the moisture has left us but where it's active is quite active. that is down in the santa cruz mountains where we have a wide path of heavy rainfall and snow in the higher elevations near doulder creek and rain continues down towards scotts valley. farther east along gilroy, area of east of that rain up in the mount hamilton area. snow is still falling. farther north, take a look where the tornadoes touched down. two tornadoes produced. first one touched down 1:30 in the afternoon and hour later a second tornado report. fortunately no reports of damage yet but video to show you of the first funnel cloud as it was touching down. this is one that occurred at 1:30 in the afternoon. there is a lot of dusting but there
but the district is considering something that could be very unpopular, charging to park. using the fees to build a packing structure or cut a parking deal with nearby businesses. the district floating the idea of adding another boat during high commute times. that is a positive dilemma but the bridge district is needing to do something and they expect a decision in the next few months. >> supporters want to rename san francisco international airport in honor of harvey milk. the supervisor last month introduced legislation to rename the airport harvey milk san francisco international. milk was the first openly gay elected official and was assassinated along with the mayor mascone in 1978. agoers say the new rally is to urge the other supervisors to support his legislation. voters may decide on the name change in november. >> we are days away from massive federal spending cuts and a new poll reveals what americans want congress to do, from bloomberg news shows 54 percent of americans want congress to delay the cuts, 40 percent say the government should go ahead and allow them to kick in. as lawmak
inland at 36 and low 40's for the rest of us this morning. headed to noon, a lot of sunshine and low-to-mid 50's 60's and the mid-to-upper 60's around 4:00. not too bad in the evening, mostly clear and upper 40's to low 50's. we have rain in the forecast tomorrow, especially in the morning hours, and let to mid 50's and scattered showers for friday and dry and warmer on saturday. kristen and eric? >> 6:14. happening today in washington, dc, secretary of state john kerry will be sworn in to office today. vice president biden will give the oath. john kerry started on monday where he received a warm welcome. he succeeded secretary of state, hillary clinton, the former massachusetts senator says protecting american diplomats is a top priority. president obama is headed to israel this spring, meeting with prime minister binyamin netanyahu, in the first trip to the country as president. the white house says the president will also visit the west bank and jordan. white house press secretary carney says that the two leaders will discuss several issues including the threats posed by iran and
. but not attached to the asteroid. the asteroid is going to pass by us. it will not be a problem. meteor showers are probably a dozen of them every year across the u.s. >> sam, thank you. >>> we're going to turn now to the carnival cruise ship nightmare. it is finally over. after five days drifting without power in the gulf of mexico, "the triumph" docked in mobile, alabama, overnight, with more than 4,000 passengers onboard. we're going to talk to several of them live in a moment. first, let's go to abc's matt gutman. matt, i can only imagine relief when that huge ship behind you hit land. >> reporter: that's right, george. a huge relief. one last voyage for the carnival triumph. you see those tugboats, they're going to nudge that giant ship across this narrow channel when it will start to undergo initial repairs. so many of those people walking down the gangway, so happy to be off that ship. they were singing and dancing as they came down. overnight, the sweet taste of terra firma. >> great to be back in america and on land. >> reporter: just before midnight, more than 3,000 passengers strande
it can add more snow to ski resorts. we checked with caltrans. drivers required to use chains between gold run and truckee. >> want to take a 1(v at what happened in kansas city, missouri. there is a downtown inferno. this is cause bid a car hit a gas main in an upscale shopping district?ja. the fire continues to rage police say serious injuries have been reported at this time, still not clear how many people have been hurt for if anyone died but there are dozens of firefighters and other crews that have responded to this. the building established in 1922 including shops restaurants apartments and offices we'll continue to bring updates throughout the newscast as well as nbc 7 news at 6:00. >> dan ashley is in washington, d.c. now for a very special assignment. he's the only reporter who will interview president obama tomorrow. dan joins us live with a look at what the president is dealing with today, dan? >> good evening, from washington a very busy day. if republicans and democrats cannot come up with an agreement in just 10 days, $85 billion in cuts will kick n the president invit
the bunker and rescued the child. >> reporter: in a matter of minute, just after 3:00 p.m., agents used an explosive charge to blow open the bunker's entrance. they killed dykes, before taking the boy to a nearby hospital by ambulance. abc news has learned in the course of a week-long standoff, the fbi had created this mock bunker near the site. and had been using it to train agents for different scenarios to get the boy out. still, monday's raid was not the ending police had sought. they spent days negotiating with the decorated vietnam veteran, through a ventilation shaft. sending food and toys to the boy, while addressing the h hosta hostage-taker as mr. dykes. when the talks finally broke down, police say they had no other choice but to catch dykes by surprise. incredibly, ethan's mother had asked police days ago, not to kill dykes. >> she put her hand on the officer's heart and said, sir, don't hurt him. he's sick. >> reporter: you know, friends and family tell us that little ethan is a boy that loves to be hugged. and you can bet, he's getting those hugs today. george? >> thanks,
pope? abc's david wright lets us know. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart. cardinal sean, as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, plus sandals. even in winter in boston. >> he's a holy man, and a man of simplicity. wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope. >> reporter: the boston arch diocese he inherited was badly tainted. he sold off the cardinal's residence to pay off the victims and moved into a single room. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at that issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's been an unwritten rule, no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say times have changed. >> people realize a cardinal from the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s. political interests. >> reporter: o'malley is one of two american names being floated. the other, timmy dolan who scoffed at the idea. >> what about you? >> is this abc evening news or comedy central? >> reporter: and o'ma
headlines for your wallet. the dow surging near record highs. bianna's going to bring us that. >>> and how about this? the hairstylist at war over a fortune. the co-workers said they bought the ticket as a group. one of them claimed the whole prize for herself. and that would never happen here. >> mostly never. >> full morning ahead. >>> of course, let's go back, now, to george in rome. george? >> and it is just a glorious day here, robin. sunny, warm. almost spring-like. those cardinals that the pope met with this morning have already begun their informal discussions about who the next pope is going to be. and the pope gave them some direction today. they come from 50 countries. and benedict asked them to work like an orchestra, to create harmony out of their differences. abc's david wright is here with us. and, david, the pope made clear that once he steps down, there will be only one pope. >> an important point to make. at the end of this day, for the first time since the middle ages, we will have a pope and an ex-pope. previous popes may well have said their good-byes to the cardinals.
the sheriff rick staneck told us he sees firsthand a link between gun violence and mental health. >> this is not about those who are receiving treatment. they're no more violent than anybody else. but untreated, we have a problem. >> reporter: staneck is president obama's ear, using white house meetings to push for more resources to identify and treat the mentally ill and keep dangerous people away from guns. the problem can be seen at jails across the country like this one, where an estimated 25% to 30% of inmates suffer from a mental illness. experts say not all those people belong here. those that do sometimes struggle to get the care they need. 8 of the 9 killers in mass shootings last year had histories of mental illness. few received care and none were blocked from legally purchasing a well because of gaps in the federal background system. >> when we run the background check for you to purchase or acquire a hand gun, if we say it's okay, nothing comes back, you should be good to go. the fact of the matter it's not. it's really become america's dirty little secret about thes
with attempted use after kep of mass destruction. abc7 news reporter sergio has more. >> police first took mathieu into custody at his father's san jose home. his father called for help. >> he was held in what was called a 51-50 hold. in other words, there were problems he was a danger to himself or somebody else. >> at the time his father also told police about the ak-47 he had along with three high-capacity mag scenes. once in the court stempniak they said the extent of his mental health issues became clear. >> the court was really concerned that he was at least bipolar and possibly schizophrenic, and that he had a history of delusional thinking, of fantasies. >> according to the fbi criminal complaint, he connected with their undercover operative shortly after being released from the santa clara county jail. as part of the planning for the bank ever america bomb plot, he writes he laughed and hugged the athas he decided where their bomb-ladened s.u.v. would be parked in order to maximize the damage. the man believed he was working with the taliban operative, but he wondered how much his
under kim jong-un, who said the test is aimed at ferocious u.s. hostility towards north korea. in december, un also successfully tested a long-range missile, capable of reaching hawaii. the white house is calling this a highly provocative act. and calling on actions from the international community. there's very little the u.s. or the u.n. can do at this point since strong sanctions are already in place. in fact, this morning, north korea is saying, we will consider search of our ships and other sanctions by the international community as an act of war. and, josh, they say it will bring on relentless retaliatory attacks. >> we will certainly keep our eye on this. martha, thank you for that. >>> meanwhile, there's word this morning of a new poll out, planned for the u.s. forces in afghanistan. the pentagon is reportedly pushing a timetable that would keep some 8,000 troops in the country after the mission officially ends next year. white house advisers have pushed for a more aggressive withdrawal. the president is expected to announce a final decision soon. >>> an outpouring of
. a nightmare scenario for the u.s. the united nations now estimates that 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting, though no one really knows. a u.n. commission called for war crimes investigations of both sides. assad's government, which has sought to crush the rebellion, and the rebels, who are seen as warlords, gangsters, and religious fanatics who regularly post videos of beheadings and other atrocities on youtube. damascus is quiet. no one really walking around. 5 million people hunkered down as the terrible war that's tearing their country apart has arrived here. in fierce battles raging in the city's suburbs. syria's many minorities live in terror of jihadist takeover of their country. before we came here, we visited christian refugees from syria who fled to beirut. they said they were forced out of their villages by muslim fundamentalists, ethnically cleansed. they supported the rebellion at first, but not now. they lost their homes, their communities, their way of life. we lived free as christians, this man tells us, putting up christmas trees and decorations. but now we
they will finish sweeping this building. they are using the dogs and they say they are not as fast as you would think. they need breaks. it is a huge building. they have no idea when it will be cleared. >> thank you, amy. breaking news right new in san francisco, a cable car accident injures six people. we are at the scene at washington and powell where the scene is active. four passengers, an operator and a grip man were hurt when the cable car stopped suddenly. the injuries are minor. we are working on getting more information from you and will bring you update. >> a man died during an early morning hour fire in san leandro before 5:00 a.m. two neighbors tried to put out the blaze with a hose before the crews arrived. the fire department said that heavy smoke and flames were shooting out the front door and window when they got there. crews pulled a man from the home but he did not survive. >> developing news. the sonoma county sheriff says the public is not in danger following a triple homicide although the shooter is nut in custody. the coroner is expected to pick up the bodies of three men
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